Geraldean Hess Bessler

(April 24, 1930 - Jan. 6, 2019)


Geraldean Hess Bessler, 88, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Rexburg, Idaho, at The Homestead Assisted Living Center where she resided since July 2016.

Gerry was born April 24, 1930, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, joining sister LaVern and brother Jay, to complete the family of Vernon and Adeline (Williams) Hess. She and her siblings grew up in Jackson, Wyoming, working at the family business, The Jackson Bakery.

She graduated from Jackson-Wilson High School in 1948 and continued her education at a business college in Denver, Colorado. She married Jack May in November 1949. They had four children together and later divorced. In 1968, she married Felix Bessler, Jr., combining his three boys into her family.

Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, both siblings, stepson Joe Bessler and four grandchildren.

Gerry is survived by sons Randy (Linda) May of Sandy, Utah; Mike (Faith) May of Jackson, Wyoming; and Shane (Lori) May of St. George, Utah; daughter Cindy (Kim) Jacobs of Powell, Wyoming; stepsons Donald (Mary) Bessler of Tempe, Arizona and Norman (Erin) Bessler of Chandler, Arizona; in addition to stepdaughter-in-law Lavonne Bessler of Cheyenne, Wyoming. She also leaves 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at the LDS church on Avenue E in Powell at 11 a.m on Friday, May 17, 2019. Ashes will be interred in Jackson, Wyoming, at her parents’ gravesite.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice in Gerry’s name.